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Money IQ: ‘Save Yourself' and 'Define Your Own Future’…

on January 9, 2013 - 11:20am
Money IQ
By Tammy M. Thorn

"Save Yourself" and "Define Your Own Future"…

"The Mayan’s were wrong on the end of the world, it was just the end of their calendar" and "Congress and the President have additional issues to address regarding the government’s fiscal stability and looming debt ceiling issue."

Since uncertainty is a fact, some things are certain, "Define your Own Future" ... contribute to an Individual Retirement Account.

Most of us save for retirement as a participant in our Employer’s Qualified Retirement Plan (QRP), such as a 401(k) Plan or 403(b) Plan.

In addition to that

Column: Music, All Music, Any Music, Is Wonderful

on January 8, 2013 - 8:33am
Music, All Music, Any Music, Is Wonderful
Column by Richard Hanneman
When I was a kid growing up in Los Alamos in the 50's and 60's I listened to KRSN.
KRSN programming back then was a musical potpourri – the play-list included Beatles, Kenny Rogers, Frank Sinatra, the Kingston Trio, all of the top recording artists of the day played in no particular order.
Within any given hour during the day you would hear rock, country, folk, blues, jazz.

Food on the Hill: Creme of Mushroom Soup

on January 8, 2013 - 8:26am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe:

Creme of Mushroom Soup

Photo by Sue York/


1 1/2 pound of mushroom sliced (I like to mix and match, you get a better flavored soup)
1/3 cups butter
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cream
1 (14oz) good chicken stock
1 tablespoon White wine
Fresh ground pepper
Photo by Sue York/
Slice mushrooms.
Photo by Sue York/
Sauté mushrooms in a fry pan with a little butter on high heat, do this in batches.

Column: New Year Reflections

on January 7, 2013 - 7:59am
New Year Reflections
Column by Elena Yang

Happy New Year! 2013 will be awesome … because I intend to make it so, for myself; besides, is there any other way?!

A few years ago, I encountered a young and energetic woman in a “Photoshop” workshop who said, “Every year I take on a new hobby or activity. 

So this year I decided to learn how to shoot [with camera] and make great pictures.” It resonated with me. It doesn’t have to be a grandiose undertaking, just something that isn’t in one’s usual repertoire. 

Through a fabulous new friendship made early last year, I have begun to read a

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Jemez Mountains Blue Crayfish

on January 6, 2013 - 10:47am
PEEC Amateur Naturalist
Column by Robert Dryja

Jemez Mountains Blue Crayfish

The nice thing about being out-of-doors is that the unexpected can be seen. A group of students were exploring a stream in the Valles Caldera during a Nature Odyssey program for example. 

One student spotted a blue colored rock and waded into the stream to pick it up. Surprise! The rock began to move away from the student.

On closer observation, we realized the rock was actually a crayfish. It was able to escape in spite of several students attempting to catch it.

A blue crayfish is an oddity.

Review: Take a Trip to the 70s with Frost/Nixon

on January 4, 2013 - 9:59am

David Frost (Don Monteith) and President Richard M. Nixon (Grady Hughes) share a moment. Photo by TK Thompson/

Review by Bonnie J. Gordon

Frost/Nixon is a trip down memory lane for those of us who were there, but maybe it’s more important that those who weren’t there see this play.

If you want to understand the 1970s, certainly a pivotal time in American history, there’s no better way to get a feel for the period than to see Front/Nixon.

The Los Alamos Little Theatre is presenting an excellent production of Peter Morgan’s play this month. The show portrays the 1977


on January 4, 2013 - 8:54am
By B. Zerker
Weapons specialist & Constitutionalist
Los Alamos


“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste, and what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you didn’t think you could do before," ... is what Obama advisor Rahm Emanuel said in an interview regarding the economy with The Wall Street Journal.

Now it looks as if OUR* government seems to be following that same advice as it pertains to every matter that comes along except for our failing economy! In particular, I now speak of the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy.

Soon, OUR Senate, will consider a